The Remington Rider Pistol

Remington Rider

This is not really an airgun, but rather a percussion cap powered parlor pistol. Still, it is low powered, fairly quiet, and .177 caliber, so I’m including it. It’s a Pedersoli-made replica of a very rare piece that Remington made only 200 of in the 19th Century. Using a standard percussion cap it propels a 4.3mm lead ball at enough velocity to bury it into a phone book. I thought of chronographing a few shots but setting up the Chrony seemed a waste of time given that you don’t expect either accuracy or energy from this little gem.

What you do expect from Pedersoli is good workmanship, and this gun has it in abundance. It’s a close enough replica of the original that if it didn’t have the engraving under the barrel and on the side people would be passing them off as originals. It’s solid, too, and the heft reminds you that this is a real firearm I have a thing for parlor pistols, and for miniatures of all sorts, so buying this was a no-brainer. I bought mine from Dixie Gun Works, though Cabelas sells them as well (when they have them) . I think I paid around $135; prices have gone up since then.

In my testing I used both round balls and heavy .177 cal pellets, which were easier to load. I used mainly Beeman Crow Magnums and some H&N Barakudas I had lying around. Neither are as good as Crosman Premiers when fired in an airgun, but they were just fine in this toy. Shooting is easy . You remove the cap holder, insert a round ball or pellet, and press in the cap holder, which seats the ball into the rifling. Place a standard #11 percussion cap on the nipple and you’re ready to fire. You’ll want to wear a glove on your firing hand, as the gun does have the disconcerting tendency to spit bits of some caps off to the side. Take careful aim- there’s a sight notch and a tiny blade in front- and fire.

I fired mine quite a lot when new, but it’s mostly been sitting in a drawer for the last year. I suppose I’ll end up selling it, and buying another airgun or old Flobert rifle. After all, if I didn’t keep trading I wouldn’t have as much to write about, would I?

16 thoughts on “The Remington Rider Pistol”

  1. I have a pair of these pistols in a wood case. They are fun. One is plain metal and the other is case hardened.
    I think I paid $250.00 for the pair in the box.


  2. Sorry for some mistakes – my english isn’t perfect, but I have one question: How looks the case of muzzle velocities and strenght of impact measured in Joules? Can this “parlour” pistol be thread as a quick-draw defensive weapon or is to weak? I’d rather think about Cawboy Action Shooting categories than a street fighting but question i serious;)

  3. I have not cronographed this pistol, but I can tell you the energies are very low indeed- far less than a .22 short, and less than a .22 CB Cap or BB Cap. There is no way it would make a good defensive weapon.

  4. Thank You very much – I’d expected answer like this, despite of it price (about 200usd brand new, and 120usd used one – in Poland) that it’s very nice pistol. Some kind of XIX century airgun. I’ll buy one;)

  5. Adding additional powder to the Remington Rider replica would risk serious injury. I suspect the breech block could fracture and strike the shooter in the head. As for the Pedersoli parlor pistol, it may or may not damage the pistol, but apart from that, what would be the point? This is supposed to be an indoor pistol. If you want something more powerful, there are plenty of other muzzle loaders designed to take a powder charge.

  6. I know, but i was thinking about small charges, for longer distance – about 25 meters/82 feets. I’m curious about accuracy this sort of gun. Furthemore I like it’s design. Thats all.

  7. I live in South africa and would love to have such a little pistol. If anyone can sell me one please let me know..thx

  8. Can anyone tell me the approximate resale value for one of these guns plz because I have two of them n am willing to part with one if anyone also may be interested let me know email me at lostsolechild2377@ gmail .com I would greatly appreciate it thank you

  9. It is often stated that this gun is .177 caliber. Whereas a .177 caliber pellet skirt can be rolled to make it smaller in diameter and useable in this gun, it is specifically designed to fire a 4.3 mm ball/bb which is 0.16929133858286 caliber to be exact … NOT .177!!!

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